Track Movements of Bears in Yosemite

Real-time monitoring and mapping of bear movements reveals new information on Yosemite’s bears.

Yosemite’s black bears are on the move, and tracking them is no easy feat. This project funds the purchase of GPS collars to help park wildlife managers understand the movements of black bears beyond Yosemite Valley.

Past projects funded by the Conservancy expanded Yosemite’s bear-monitoring system to alert wildlife managers when collared bears enter developed areas. The new collars would not only provide these alerts, but would include technology to track bears’ movements once they have left these areas. Real-time monitoring and mapping of bear movements will provide currently unknown information about how bears are using the majority of the park’s wild habitat.

Your support expands the park’s understanding of Yosemite’s black bear population and helps keep these beautiful bears — and the public — safe.


Photo credit: Bob Roney

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Seeing a wild bear in its natural habitat is one of the most exhilarating aspects of my job. I’m over the moon when I see wild bears doing wild things.

Ryan Matthew Leahy
National Park Service